For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has provided a fun, safe space where today’s girl is inspired to change the world. She can discuss issues important to her, explore new things, tap into her creativity, connect with others, learn from adult role models and give back to her community. These are all things we at Girl Scouts of Colorado, along with 7,500 adult volunteers, strive to provide to the more than 28,000 girl members across the state. We are constantly working to improve our programming so that it is relevant for today’s girls and to provide it to everyone who would like it. Here are just a few examples of today’s programs that you can support.
An Opportunity Grant helps subsidize the cost of uniforms, Journeys, Girl Guides, trainings, Council-sponsored events/camp/travel and GSUSA destinations for girls and volunteers. Girls are never turned away because they can’t afford to participate. Girl Scouts provides $100,000 in opportunity grants each year.
The Highest Awards Girl Scouts can receive are Silver, Bronze and Gold. (The Gold Award is equivalent to Boy Scout’s Eagle Award.) Girls and troops take action with projects designed to make a difference in their communities. They work for months to earn these awards which are presented in the fall. Sponsorships for the awards ceremonies are needed statewide.
Power Up, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s anti-bullying program, works to create an environment where girls and adults are in partnership to collectively eliminate bullying behavior.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs aim to increase girls’ interest in careers in these fields. (link to new page)
On World Thinking Day in February, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.
Support outreach to the Hispanic community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is a diverse organization. More than 500 volunteer troop leaders and 15% (over 4,000) of our girl members currently identify as Hispanic, roughly half of the percentage of school-age Hispanic children in Colorado. Over the next three years, our goal is to increase our Hispanic population at a rate of 5% per year, helping us to close the gap between the statewide Hispanic population and our population of Hispanic Girl Scouts.
Community Outreach Programs
Discover all You Can Be afterschool program is for girls age 5-15 affiliated with housing developments, low resource schools and/or who are often homeless or transient.
Focus on Ability is for girls age 5-18 identified as needing special education, girls have learning, behavioral, mental and physicals disabilities ranging from mild to extreme.
Girls Are Great provides contemporary girl programming to 5th-8th girls addressing the tremendous amount of change girls in this age range are experiencing both physically and psychologically.
Girls Looking Forward is for girls age 11-18 who are in alternative school or are in residential correction and treatment facilities.
In addition to programs that are offered statewide, programs are created that are relevant to each region. A few examples of this are:
Greeley Girls Celebrate:
• Fun in the Sun science programs which focus on topics such as the science of light (optics) through Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Lighten Up program in collaboration with Colorado State University.
Pueblo Girls Celebrate:
• Hispanic Cultural Appreciation on Cinco de Mayo with a day of dance, crafts, traditional food and fun.
• Girl Scout Survivor Family Style at Lazy Acres exposes girls to outdoor adventure and survivor skills.
• Discovery Day allows girls to create their own experiments with fun, hands-on ooey gooey STEM activities.
Colorado Springs Girls Celebrate:
• Mall Lock Ins where they participate in a different themed event while locked in the Chapel Hills Mall. Themes rotate every year and are girl led. Past themes include science, cultures and history.
Mountain Community Girls Participate In:
• Keystone Science Camp with topics such as Wonders of Winter Snow and Wild and Wacky Weather.
Denver Metro Area Girls Participate In:
• Rocks and Roles - Women on the Ridge where experienced geoscientists help participants learn the history of Dinosaur Ridge, learn about Mesozoic Colorado, caves and geological products found in cosmetics. They view models of ancient environments & maps, learn about geologic time, explore rock, mineral and fossil identification, plate tectonics, and ground water systems.
For more information about these and other Girl Scout
programs contact Kristin.Courington@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4863.
For more information about how your gifts of time and talent can make a difference, contact:
Amy Myers, Director of Development
Girl Scouts of Colorado
400 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209